Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run re...

Details Nice Try, Jane Sinner

TitleNice Try, Jane Sinner
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherClarion Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Fiction, Health, Mental Health

Reviews Nice Try, Jane Sinner

  • Emma Giordano
    Shout out to HMHTeen for letting me read this one so early! I REEEAAAALLLLYYYY loved this book!! I feel like we don't get much YA in a college setting, so it was nice to be able to relate to a YA character with my current circumstances as opposed to referring to my past.Trigger warning for talk of depression and suicide. These topics are not huge components of the story nor is it a main focus or what I would consider specifically a "mental health...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    There is no divine plan, no destiny, no life after death, and no compensation for what you lose. There is only here and now. There is only what you’ve done and what you are going to do. And if you can own up to every moment and take responsibility for your life and shape it into something beautiful and kind and generous - if you can do that, you’ve discovered what it means to be strong. This is the funniest book about depression I have ever...
  • Lola
    Reality show on paper?Been there, read that. Life in a Fishbowl was awful and I dare say unreadable, so why even bother with this one?Well, if I learned something these past few years of reading actively, it’s that you can’t let one book ruin a genre, topic, character type or even writing style for you. This has one of the most original contemporary premises I’ve heard of lately: Jane Sinner gets expelled from high school for unknown reason...
  • may ➹
    after a week of trying and failing to read this, I’VE FINALLY FINISHEDthis book has a lot of personal meaning to me, pertaining specifically to the depression rep, and it was so so good and relatable and extremely well-written. also, Jane has a specific dry, snarky, ironic sense of humor and I LOVE IT4.5 stars // buddy read with farim
  • may ❀
    would it shock anyone if i said i was 9/10 gonna dnf this before 100 pages bc i totally wasthank goodness i didnt, this book actually surprised me with how great it was Pros - THE MENTAL HEALTH REP WAS SO GOOD (i might have actually cried at some points - especially towards the end)- jane sinner is so sarcastically snarky, she is my spirit animal- so much drama, but the funny, entertaining kind, not the cliche, boring, eye rolling kind- i loved ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    It’s too bad that one Event is enough to wipe out years of accumulated Good Kid credit. I went into this book expecting a story about a Survivor/Big Brother-style game show, but what I got was a story about growing up, mental health, healing, forgiving yourself, and learning to live with the consequences of your actions. Perhaps if I spent more time in my childhood socializing with secular children instead of praying when I felt uncomfortable,...
  • Lily ☁️
    Me, after reading this book [lost one friendship, one is still hanging in the balance, and one “friend” is laughing at my inability to find this funny (view spoiler)[notice the irony (hide spoiler)]]: ???*Here for the snarky, sarcastic main character, the humor, and the depression rep.Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
  • Christian
    CW: depression, (view spoiler)[attempted suicide (hide spoiler)] (not really, but kind of, so tagging it for now) "I wanted a clean break, a runaway lane, a tits-to-toes, all-in, no-chance-of-backing-out Jane Sinner Extreme Makeover. Starring Jane Sinner out of context. Out of years of uncomfortable context."All the stars in the world, both on- and off-camera. I already want to read it again.Writing this review will be hard, in the way that I alw...
  • alice (arctic books)
    You can find this review and others at arctic books3.5 stars. Trigger warnings for mentions of suicide (attempt)NICE TRY, JANE SINNER is not a book I’ve heard much about, but I was nonetheless very intrigued by the synopsis as it covered some topics that I rarely, if ever, see in young adult literature. This novel follows Jane Sinner as she starts community college and decides to be a contestant on House of Orange, a reality television show to ...
  • Tatiana
    Super fun! I am not sure that a reality tv show made by and with college students (and one underage high school dropout) and streamed on local tv is entirely believable, but this is a YA import from Canada, so maybe anything goes there? The impression I’ve got so far from Canadian YA (mainly Susan Juby’s work) is that people there are much more laid back about teen drinking and dating grown men. Correct me if I am wrong.Either way, fresh plot...
  • Romie
    If you don't like what you've written, write something else.Look at me, reading the books I buy just a few weeks after I bought them! I deserve a pat on the shoulder. Someone wants to give me a high five?Okay, let's be serious for one second. I think I really have to start reading reviews of the books I buy just so I can be mentally prepared, because, honestly? I wasn't prepared for half the things that happened in this book.Jane is a 17-year-old...
  • Trevor
    4.5 stars for this stellar debut!I LOVED this. I can't remember the last time I literally laughed more than a couple times in a fiction novel, let alone a YA one. Jane's voice pounds off the pages, creating a MC that you want to root for. While the concept of reality show contestants isn't new, what really stands out here is the fully fleshed being of Ms. Sinner & all she has to lose as she is faced with the brink of adulthood & the possibility o...
  • julianna ➹
    + hilarious main character. so much dry humor and I LOVE IT+ interesting talks about psychology+ written in a journal format and v unique!+ delves into sensitive topics and discovering yourself+ in a college setting! i love college even though i've never been!+ overall amazing pls read
  • Eilonwy
    3-1/2 starsJane dropped out of high school just a few months before graduation, due to an Event which made everything beyond awkward. When she signs up for classes at the local community college to finish up her missing credits, she sees an ad offering a place to live for super-cheap rent (the catch: it’s all being filmed for a Big Brother-like online reality show), and convinces her parents to let her move out (not that she tells them the trut...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Nice Try, Jane Sinner is pure bliss. Full of memorable character and beautiful engaging/humorous writing makes this novel a true gem. If you are looking for college-centric YA, then this is the novel for you. Oelke realistically shows the transition and change one goes through in college. There are very frankly/tactfully handled discussions on suicide, therapy, mental illness, and religion that are just so beautiful and insightful.I love this nov...
  • Hollis
    no trespassingviolators will be shotsurvivors will be shot againNICE TRY, JANE SINNER might be one of the strangest books I've ever read. And yet it totally worked for me. Oelke's voice, experienced through Jane, is hilarious. I'm pretty sure I highlighted half the book. It's a strange plot -- highschool dropout enrolls in community college to finish her credits, lies about her age to get herself on a Big Brother-esque reality tv show in order to...
  • Marla Mei
    MY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND IT’S A FIVE-STAR READ!!!! I’m not crying you are!!! 😭😭😭(Also, YA books set in college??? More please!)
  • Trin
    Read in one sitting (with a short food break, because there is a lot of food in this book and it made me hungry. I had scallion pancakes, thanks for asking). Fantastic, hilarious, authentic voice. The choice to do the dialogue in script format is a brilliant example of form = content in a book about reality TV. And if reality TV really contained as many complicated, engaging characters as this book -- well, I would watch more of it. (I really onl...
  • ellie
    me at the beginning of the book: there’s no way I’m giving this 5 stars lol nice try, lianne oelkeme now: bc i have so many thoughts
  • ellie ☼
    5 | (tw for mentions of depression/suicide) oh boy. oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. this might be a tad bit long because i don't think i've ever related to a character or a story more than this. going into this novel, i was just excited to see the college version of big brother, because i love love love big brother. i've also heard good things about the main character, jane, and i can attest those opinions. jane sinner was the funniest, most relatable ch...
  • Nadia
    ”The past doesn’t exist. It’s just a story we tell ourselves. And stories can change each time you tell them.” 5 stars TW:mentions of suicide, depressionread full review here*full review include favorite quotes and a spoiler section The Writing I love Jane’s voice so much. She is one of the funniest narrators out there and she is so fun to read from. She has this cynical, self-deprecating humor voice and it’s so great. Oh, and also, t...
  • Katie Lantz
    It will be extremely difficult for me to produce an "objective" review (if such a thing even existed), because of how strongly I related to our main character, the titular Jane Sinner. Her mental health experience so closely mirrors mine that as soon as I finished it, I shoved it in my mother's face saying, "If you want to know me, read this book." That being said, trigger warnings for depression and suicide in this novel.Jane is funny, and spunk...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “There is no divine plan, no destiny, no life after death, and no compensation for what you lose. There is only here and now. There is only what you’ve done and what you are going to do. And if you can own up to every moment and take responsibility for your life and shape it into something beautiful and kind and generous - if you can do that, you’ve discovered what it means to be strong.” I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I...
  • Acqua
    2.5 stars.Nice Try, Jane Sinner is a standalone contemporary book about a girl who dropped out of high school because of depression and is now taking part in a reality show.I have mixed feelings about this book. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with it - it's one of the few books with a character with a mental illness that isn't exactly about her mental illness, and we need more of this - but because this is one of those books that ...
  • Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
    I devoured this book! The main character might as well be called Sylvia, because we are the same (LOL). She's serious but sassy and kind of a smart-ass. This book is hilarious, fun, and full of reality TV drama, while also touching some seriousness like suicide and therapy.5 stars! Will write a full review soon, just need to gather my thoughts first!PS. The book contains a LOT of references of "The Bachelor", never expected to be okay with refere...
  • Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
    I will read anything Lianne blesses onto paper next. End of story. This book was so snarky and witty, I literally was laughing out loud on my lunch break at work. There are few books that can genuinely get me to just explode with uncontrollable laughter. Well done, Lianne. Besides the snark, I am a huge fan of Big Brother, so with that as a selling point in the synopsis, I was well..sold! You definitely get that Big Brother feel to it. I loved th...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders TW: Depression, suicide attempt, suicidal ideations, emetophobia, ableist language, panic attackEver since I heard of Nice Try, Jane Sinner I’ve been eyeing a copy of my own, so I was thrilled when I got sent one by the publisher. It was promoted by everyone, their mother and their dog as a book tackling d...
  • Rê
    4 “The best of Reality TV” StarsNice Try, Jane Sinner was the book I needed this week. It was fun, witty, deep and sort of unique.The narrative choices were a little different from what I’m used to since this was supposed to be Jane Sinner’s journal, but I still loved it. I pretty much loved a lot about this book.First, I loved Jane. She was such a fun and interesting character to follow. Even when she was struggling to feel anything, she...
  • Chelsea
    Super mixed feelings on this one, so here's a pros and cons list. PROS + so much snark! Jane has to be the most sarcastic narrator I've ever read.+ thoughtful exploration of depression, mental health, and suicide - some great passages on this.+ examination and critique of religion and how it relates to mental illness, though I did find it a bit over the top in some parts.+ it's centered around a friggin' reality show, which I have NEVER seen in a...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: Stars Jane Sinner wants to distance herself from her past after being recently expelled from her highschool. She decides to start community college where she participates in a student run reality TV program called House of Orange with 5 other students. The humor in this book was SO MUCH like my own, I loved every second of it. I found myself laug...